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    Let The Seven Wonders Of The Rainbow Take Pride Forever! Let Us Celebrate The Pride Month

    It is surprising even today, after years of waxing eloquent or remaining vociferous and arguing for gender diversities and acceptance of the LGBTQ rights, they do not have many palatable experiences across different segments of the society. We talk about unity in diversity, we talk about human rights all over the world, but most of the times, we forget to practice what we preach. Speeches, sounds, furies, resurrections, colours, palettes of loves lost and lost loves, bonding, gender-specific ideas and their negation-Where exactly do we celebrate humanity about everything else? It is high time we ‘rethink’ and not negotiate what should be the parameters of gendered paradigms should be. ‘Queer’ indicates something that is strange, out of order, out of the common, extraordinary in some pejorative sense in this connection perhaps! Holding on to the strands of dignity and lighting the lamp of the rainbow, that is what taking pride stands for!
    It is the perfect time when we should hold hands, in pandemic or not does not matter. It is high time that we get out of the monotonous binaries that are related to the long-embedded ideas of heteronormativity in the realms of our society and attach respect to individual preferences and choice. And hence, we have two of our ‘Pride Month’ writings in today’s segment for Sunday Talks. Nasima Khatun’s poem and Abhishek Mukhia’s Sunday thoughts reach out to segments beyond the known extremity.
    Along with that, we also present a bouquet of poems containing sentiments, abstractions, images, and oft-surrealistic visions that turn into the finest pieces of art. While Shahid Abbas and Linda B. Scanlan’s poem talks about the woman of the household, giving deeper insights into agency and autonomy, Sanjana Shrivastava’s poem deals with a thrill to love, selfless love that turns into an inexplicable agony for Kadambari. Again, we have a curious amalgamation of the regular and the irregular in the word usage, style, presentation and in the definition of palpable reality in the two poems of Richik Banerjee. Words like ‘the lightning is so frankensteinisshhh! infinite stems of voltage beams!’ drags the readers out of their stupor. We still ponder…can images survive?
    This Sunday, we also have poet and academician Dr. Sunil Jose who is a bilingual poet. Interaction through simplicity, delving deeper into the everyday life and hinting at images that are taut and compact-Sunil’s poems are kaleidoscopic in their own rights- ‘I would read a good book and wait till You come’ as the poet contemplates. On the other hand, we have poet Rejuan Sardar painting the image of a weary road, byways, heart of the forest and a landscape that is still unexplored, poet Ezhil Vendhan draws the essence of motherhood and nurturing of a newborn life. And last but not the least, we have the colourful Sunday artwork by poet-artist Jhilam Adhikary who has painted the wings of her imagination with colours that flow into the deeper recesses of human life.
    So, that is all folks, for this Sunday Talks. Keep sending your entries to sreesup@gmail.com / techtouchtalk@gmail.com for Sunday Talks. Stay happy, stay safe!

    Sreetanwi Chakraborty


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